Rolex Serial Numbers

Nearly all vintage Rolex watches have a serial and reference number engraved on the case. These engravings help confirm authenticity and assist in dating the watch’s production. To find the reference and serial numbers, remove the bracelet or strap and look at the watches case between the lugs. At the 12 o’clock end of the case, the Reference Number is engraved between the lugs. This is where you will find a number like 5513 or 1680 for vintage Submariners, or 1675 for some GMT-Masters. On the opposite end, between the lugs at 6 o’clock, you will find the Serial Number. During production, Rolex engraved each watch with a unique serial number which can be used to date a particular piece. Below is a list of serial number ranges and their correlating production dates.

 

Serial

……….

Year

99775

……….

1940

106047

……….

1941

143509

……….

1942

230878

……….

1943

269561

……….

1944

302459

……….

1945

387216

……….

1946

529163

……….

1947

628840

……….

1948

710776

……….

1951

840396

……….

1952

929426

……….

1953

952892

……….

1954

955466

……….

1953

139400

……….

1956

282632

……….

1955

321884

……….

1957

360171

……….

1958

693808

……….

1960

693663

……….

1962

985015

……….

1964

1259699

……….

1965

1871000

……….

1966

2163900

……….

1967

2426800

……….

1968

2555384

……….

1970

3215500

……….

1971

3478400

……….

1972

3741300

……….

1973

4004200

……….

1974

4267100

……….

1975

4538000

……….

1976

5008000

……….

1977

5482000

……….

1978

595800

……….

1979

6434000

……….

1980

6910000

……….

1981

7386000

……….

1982

7862000

……….

1983

8338000

……….

1984

8614000

……….

1985

9290000

……….

1986

9766000

……….

1987

9999999

……….

1987

R000001

……….

1987

R999999

……….

1988

L000001

……….

1989

E000001

……….

1990

E999999

……….

1991

X000001

……….

1991

N000001

……….

1991

C000001

……….

1992

S000001

……….

1993

W000001

……….

1994/5

T000001

……….

1996

U000001

……….

1997

A000001

……….

1998

P000001

……….

2000

K000001

……….

20001

Y000001

……….

2002

November 01, 2016 by Max Abbott
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